Actor Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tsubone Iwafuji, from the series Theatrical Matches for Lanterns with Illustrated Jokes (Mitate jiguchi tsukushi)
Waseda db 012-1389
Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 26 cm (14 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
From a series co-designed with Kunichika.
Play: Gohiiki Soga Ichiza Tehajime
Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei (name inscribed at lower right)
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection